Russia rebukes France for dropping weapons for Libyan rebels, saying it violates UN resolutions, and has demanded an explanation from Paris.
France has air-dropped weapons to rebels fighting Col Muammar Gaddafi's troops in Western Libya, the French military has confirmed.
Annual French wine consumption has fallen by 75% in two generations, now equalling the equivalent of one bottle per adult per week.
When Al Qaeda terrorists hijacked four airliners in the US, slamming two of them into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York and another onto The Pentagon building in Virginia on September 11th 2001, governments across the world were gripped by alarm and panic that more was to follow on their own soil. In France, the crisis exposed the dangerous confusion over the power shared between president and prime minister. Which of them, for example, had the power to order the shooting down of an airliner headed for a nuclear power plant? Mediapart reproduces here revealing extracts from a book published in France this month which recounts the staggering conflict during the crisis between then-President Jacques Chirac and his prime minister, Lionel Jospin.
During an appearance before New York's Supreme Court on Monday, former IMF chief and French presidential hopeful Dominique Strauss-Kahn entered a plea of ‘not guilty' to charges that he sexually assaulted and attempted to rape a maid at a Manhattan hotel. Whatever the outcome of the case, for which Strauss-Kahn is next due in court on July 18th, it has already sparked a passionate national debate in France over what many see as a compliant culture towards the abusive behaviour of men in power. Here, Joseph Confavreux interviews one of France's leading specialists in moral and sexual harassment, the US-trained psychiatrist Marie-France Hirigoyen (photo), who explains why she believes there will be "a before and an after DSK" effect on French public attitudes to a problem until now taboo.
Welfare benefit fraud is currently a regular headline topic in the French media, and the ruling UMP conservative right party has made it a campaign issue for next year's presidential and legislative elections. But are France's welfare-dependent, dismissevely described as 'les assistés', really Europe's champion scroungers, as some pretend? Mathieu Magnaudeix argues here, figures in hand, why the issue is a political smokescreen that ignores both the facts and the massive cost of tax fraud and evasion by the well-off.